Articles Tagged with Retirement Planning

3.11.19The period before retirement is a time when people dream about what the future might hold. They also worry, because who hasn’t heard the stories about retirees who return to work because they retired too early?

It’s no surprise then that little more than half of Americans surveyed by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies say their biggest concern about retirement is outliving their money. The nature of retirement, when we start taking money out of those retirement accounts, after a lifetime of putting money into the accounts, seems a little scary.

Here are the key indicators that you’re probably ready to retire, according to this recent article from Investopedia’s, “6 Signs That You Are OK to Retire.”

1.28.19You know that health care, taxes and not saving enough for retirement can derail retirement. However, what about the risks you never saw coming?

Consider these three risks to retirement says Wealth Advisor in the article, “The Three Risks To Prepare For In Retirement.” They are a little less obvious than the ones you usually worry about, but no less dangerous for your later years.

  1. Complacency. Don't let yourself fall victim to complacency risk. This involves feeling smug or uncritical satisfaction with your own achievements. In this case, it’s thinking that you have your retirement plan all set and forgetting about it.

1.4.19Many people contemplate retiring in Europe, to enjoy the company of relatives, a lower price of living or to explore countries they’ve always wanted to see. Here's what you should know  if the U.K. is on your retirement radar.

Despite a common language and shared history, life in the U.K. is quite different than life in the U.S. It’s not just that it rains more, or that they drive on the left side of the road. There are cultural differences that can take some time to adjust to. However, as Investopedia points out, there are some advantages to retirees, in the article “How to Retire in the U.K. as an American.”

Required Paperwork. Americans are permitted to spend time in the U.K. as tourists and stay up to six months without a visa. To stay longer, an American must qualify for a visa. Family connections, established U.K. business connections, or dual citizenship with a Commonwealth country, like Canada, may help. However, owning property doesn’t guarantee a longer visa term. The British government does have a special entrance category for “retired persons of independent means.” This is defined as those having a minimum yearly disposable income of £25,000 (about $31,000) and several other requirements.

Pexels-photo-1449049To help plan for retirement, it helps to move from asking global questions, like “Can I afford to retire?” to more specific questions, like “What’s my monthly cost of living right now?”

Sometimes retirement planning is so overwhelming that people just shrug their shoulders and hope that things work out. That’s a terrible way to plan for the last two or even three decades of your life. Plus, says Motley Fool in a recent article titled “Don't Even Think About Retiring Until You Can Answer These 3 Questions,” if you can’t answer three basic questions, maybe you’re not ready to start thinking about retirement.

Can you believe that just 38% of Americans say they have a long-term financial plan, according to a recent survey? Let’s look at three important planning questions.

10.11.18The big picture presented by the National Institute on Retirement Security is not a good one. Working Americans are completely unprepared for retirement.

The National Institute on Retirement Security is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the development of public policies that help retirement security in America. A recent report using U.S. Census Bureau data looked at median retirement account balances for people ages 21 to 64.

Think Advisor’s recent article, “Most Americans Have $0 Saved for Retirement: NIRS” says that the report revealed that nearly 60% of all working-age individuals don’t have assets in a retirement account. That’s based on the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation data from the year 2014.

10.10.18Everyone’s needs are different. For most people, one large policy is enough. However, what if your life is not like everyone else’s? How do you know how much coverage you need?

Most people never really think about adding more life insurance, once they buy a policy. They figure they have that policy and insurance through their job. However, what if you wanted to have more coverage? This recent article from Nerd Wallet, “Can You Have More Than One Life Insurance Policy?” explains some life insurance basics.

First, you can own several policies from different companies. However, when you apply, insurance companies will inquire about your existing coverage to make certain that the amount you want is reasonable.

10.9.18If you’re living on your retirement savings, while waiting to start taking Social Security benefits to full retirement age or even age 70, you might be costing yourself thousands in taxes.

It’s annoying. There’s no way around it. You’ve worked your whole life, and paid taxes on those earnings. Now you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits. However, depending on your asset level, you may want to start getting those benefits earlier, says this article from Kiplinger, “Why Wealthy People May Want to Take Social Security at 62.”

There are many good reasons to wait and take Social Security at full retirement age to get the full benefit amount. In waiting longer to file, the benefit can grow 8% a year from full retirement age to age 70.  However, this one-size-fits-all advice may not be appropriate for everyone, especially for the wealthy.

9.27.18Without the security of a spouse’s income, single parents must balance their children’s needs with their own retirement savings goals.

Single parents who have to say no to their children over and over again, struggle with wanting to say yes when money is tight and there’s no room in the budget for the latest fashions or games.  However, the last thing a single parent wants to do is convey a lack of financial discipline. A financial plan can help a single parent stay on track.

CNBC’s recent article, “Five financial essentials for single parents,” says that when single parents try to satisfy their kids, it can lead to a severe unintended consequence: placing their children ahead of their own retirement needs.

8.20.18The burden of saving for retirement shifted from employers to employees.  It is now unusual for companies to offer pensions. If you’re lucky enough to have one, make your decisions wisely.

It’s hard to imagine today, but years ago, it wasn’t unusual to stay with one company for a lifetime, then retire and collect a generous company-provided pension that lasted as long as you lived.

Investopedia’s recent article, “Choosing How and When to Receive Pension Benefits,” reminds us that times have changed. Pensions have been replaced in large part by 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored savings plans. Those fortunate enough to still have a pension, will make it a large part of their retirement plan. If you have a pension, you’ll have to make some decisions, when you are ready to retire.

8.7.18If taxes and cost of living are important factors for you, here’s a look at states where you should only retire with a good reason, like family ties.

You’ve read plenty of surveys about the best places to retire, but have you ever looked at the worst ones? Think Advisor took a new twist on a new survey by, in its article “12 Worst States for Retirement: 2018.”

The least desirable states for retirement typically had poor ratings in the categories for cost of living and taxes and were also weighed down by low scores in other categories. created its rankings by looking at seven categories of interest to retirees and weighted those rankings based on the importance given to them by respondents to the firm’s 2017 survey. The categories were:

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